- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The boyfriend of a woman already facing charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter has turned himself in.

Local media outlets report 32-year-old Zachary Earl Keefer surrendered to police Friday on charges of first-degree murder and negligent child abuse.

Jeanie Ditty was arrested Thursday on the same charges. Warrants say Ditty told police she called Keefer when her daughter, Macy Grace, wasn’t feeling well in December. She said her daughter began making a strange noise, then appeared to be choking on vomit.

The child was taken to a hospital, and police were called because she was covered in bruises. She was then taken to another hospital, where she died, and her death has been ruled a homicide.

It wasn’t immediately known if either Ditty or Keefer had attorneys.


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